Curator Melissa Wolfe talks about the inspiration we can all take away from the Columbus Museum of Arts newest exhibition showcasing the work of home town hero George Bellows. George Bellows and the American Experience through January 4, 2014. This exhibition follows on the heels of a major retrospective of the artist organized by the [...]
Jupiter String Quartet Brings “Kreutzer Madness” to Columbus
First there was the “Kreutzer” Sonata. Then there was The Kreutzer Sonata.
This Saturday, Nov. 7,Â the Jupiter String Quartet will perform Leos Janacek’sÂ contribution to the tradition of artworks inspired by Tolstory’s novel (in turn, inspired by Beethoven’s “Kreutzer” sonata), his String Quartet No. 1 “Kreuter Sonata,”Â in a concert presented by Chamber Music Columbus, 8pm., at the Southern Theatre.
The program also includes Haydn’s String Quartet, Op. 20, No. 5 and Beethoven’s String Quartet, Op. 127.
The Jupiter Quartet is a study in family dynamics. Violinist Megan Freivogel and her sister, violist Liz Freivogel, play in the group, along with Megan’s husband, Daniel McDonough, and violinist Nelson Lee. That this young quartet-within-a-family can make beautiful music togetherÂ is a tribute to functional families everywhere.
Nothing could be further from this bucolic impression than Leo Tolstoy’s novella, The Kreutzer Sonata, which inspired Janacek’s first string quartet. The protagonist of Tolstoy’s bookÂ tells of the events that led him to kill his wife.
But don’t be turned off!Â Janacek does dark music more alluringly than most composers, and his “Kreutzer Sonata” string quartet is a riveting journey through the murkyÂ convolutionsÂ of the human mind.
Haydn’s Op. 20, No. 5 and Beethoven’s Op. 127 string quartets will bookend the Janacek Saturday night. In a sense, these works bring Janacek’s Kreutzer quartet and Tolstoy’s Kreutzer Sonata back to their origin in Beethoven’s Violin Sonata, Op. 47,Â dedicated to violinist Rodolphe Kreutzer.Â So we’ve come full circle.Â See you Saturday at the Southern!